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Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Common dolphin: The common dolphin is present in most of the seas of the planet. It is easily identifiable by the special yellowish coloration on the flanks. They can be seen more likely in winter. Weight: 80-130 kg. Size: up to 2.5 meters.

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Delphinus delphis, also known as common dolphin or striped dolphin, is a species of dolphin found in all but polar waters of the world. It is a member of the family Delphinidae and is characterised by its slender, streamlined body, rounded head and distinctive dorsal fin.

Common dolphins are light grey on top and white underneath, with dark spots on the sides that resemble a list. They can reach a length of up to 2.5 metres and weigh around 100 kg. They are highly social and are commonly found in groups that can vary from a few individuals to hundreds.

These dolphins are known for their acrobatic behaviour and are often seen leaping and spinning in the air. They are also very active in the water and are able to swim at speeds of up to 60 km/h. They feed mainly on fish and squid, and are very effective predators.

Although the common dolphin is not endangered, it faces threats such as bycatch, pollution and habitat loss. Bycatch in fishing nets is one of the greatest threats to the species, and thousands of common dolphins are believed to die each year as a result. As a result, conservation measures have been implemented to protect the species, such as reducing the use of gillnets in areas where these dolphins are known to live.